2015/16 Premier League Reading Stars season goes out with a bang!
Posted by Danielle Wright
16 May 2016
As the football season comes to an end so does this year’s Premier League Reading Stars programme. But as with the league, we are ending on a high by inviting children who have completed the programme this year to their local Premier League club to attend workshops with world-class authors and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of some of the world’s most famous football grounds.
These events provide pupils and their teachers the chance to celebrate all the hard work they have done during the 10-week Premier League Reading Stars programme, and so far almost 3,000 children have taken part across England and Wales.
Caroline Martin from Bishops Cannings Primary School said of their recent event:
“We are still on a high from our visit to Stamford Bridge! Our pupils had the most inspiring time, they even continued their workshop material on the minibus home”.
This season we have seen some amazing authors taking part, including Andy Griffiths, Tom Palmer and Dan Freedman, who have all provided exciting and interactive workshops for the children. We have also been visited by top players including Callum Wilson at AFC Bournemouth and Freddie Woodman from Newcastle Utd. Leicester children even got to meet PFA Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez!
Premier League Reading Stars is designed and delivered in collaboration with the Premier League and the top 20 football clubs in the country. It is designed to raise reading levels and reading motivation for young football fans aged 9 to 13 who don’t necessarily see the relevance of literacy to their lives.
Sara Holden from Badgerbrook Primary School in Leicester says of the programme:
“It’s been a fantastic reading initiative which has brilliantly used pupils’ love for football to inspire them to become better readers. Through a shared love of the game, they have also made some great new friendships too.”
The programme is available to all primary and secondary schools in England and Wales and delivers real impact to our school partners. National Literacy Trust Senior Programme Manager Tim Judge said:
“The National Literacy Trust’s Premier League Reading Stars programme is a hugely powerful tool to engage boys and girls who love football but are not ‘big’ readers. This programme is a must for any football fan to help them learn to love reading and learn more about the beautiful game”.
As part of Premier League Reading Stars all 20 clubs have a first-team Reading Star who names their favourite adult and children’s book. Films of the players talking about what, when and why they read are available on the Premier League Reading Stars website, www.extra-time.org. The website also hosts 60 challenges which can be used at school, in a library or at home, which means parents can get involved too. Completing the challenges unlocks amazing rewards, such as signed player certificates, player profiles and exclusive player films.
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